Explore Sri Lanka! Trekking Expedition (13 Nights 14 Days Itinerary)
Day 1: Arrival – Piliyandala
Upon your arrival, our Chauffer will pick you at the Airport and transfer to Thotupola Lakeside Resort; a lake front resort in Bolgoda. Bolgoda is the largest fresh water lake in Sri Lanka which spread over 400 sq.km, located approximately 40 km from Colombo. In the evening you will be able to have a walk in the village and experience their way of life while exposing to the local climatic conditions. Visit to the village temple, a fisher’s house, a village house will add value to your evening walk. Playing cricket with the local children will be another unique experience of your walk. A canoe ride in the Bolgoda Lake is also a possible activity in the hotel where we could arrange on your request. Overnight stay at Thotupola Lakeside Resort
Day 2: Piliyandala – Sinharaja
After an early breakfast, we will travel to Sinharaja Rainforest, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is regarded as a virgin rainforest and home for lot of birds including 20 endemics out of 34, reptiles, mammals, butterflies, freshwater fishes and lots of species of trees with a large proportion of those being indigenous to the country and some more specifically endemic to Sinharaja itself. Upon arrival to Sinharaja, we will check in at Martin’s Lodge for Lunch. After having lunch, we will start our forest exploration with the snacks and water. Back to the lodge after a memorable walk inside this virgin forest. Enjoy the dinner and overnight stay at Martin’s Lodge at the border of Sinharaja Rainforest.
Day 3: Sinharaja – Rathnapura
We will start another trek in the Sinharaja Rainforest early morning with packed breakfast. This is not only a usual trek, but also blend with nature and wildlife. In this trek you will be able to spot some of the Sri Lanka’s endemic mammals like Purple-faced Langur, Toque Monkey, Wild boar, Sambur, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer etc… and birds like Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Noisy Orange-billed Babbler, elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Lizards like Rough-horned Lizard etc... On the completion of the trek, we will come back to the entrance gate and leave for our day’s destination Rathnapura; the City of Gems. If time permits you will be able to visit a Gem mine before you check in at your hotel. Check in at Rathnaloka Tour Inn for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Rathnapura - Adam’s Peak
Get up early in the morning and we will start the hard session of your 14 days tour. Today our destination will be Adam’s Peak (2243m above msl) which is known as Sri Pada in Sinhalese (Mountain of Sacred Footprint). Since the peak is crowned by the impression of a gigantic footprint, which is venerated by pilgrims of all religions. Buddhists pay homage to it as that of Lord Buddha, made during his third visit to the island; Hindus believe it was made by the Creative Dance of Siva; while Muslims and Christians believe it to be that of Adam, with Roman Catholics sometimes attributing it to St. Thomas. The best season for Adam’s Peak Hike is between full moon days of December & May and most of the pilgrimers are climb the mountain at night. Since we are travelling during the off season the night climbs are not possible and only the day climbs are operated and the weather is not good as in the season.
Once we reach the summit, we will stay overnight in the temple on the top of the Adam’s Peak and spend the night in Sleeping Bags.
Day 5: Adam’s Peak – DalHousie - Belihuloya
We will witness the glorious sun rise from the top of the Adam’s Peak and trek down to Dalhousie where we will meet our vehicle and transfer you to Beihuloya. Having a rest of few hours at Belihuloya Rest House will make you comfortable and in the evening you are free to have either a small walk in the area or to explore the area by a bicycle. Back to the Rest House for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Belihuloya
Today is the rest day of your trekking holiday in Sri Lanka. Even though it is a rest day, you are free to do a nature trail in the area. This nature trail takes you along the water streams, paddy fields, rural villages etc… enabling you to expose to the typical Sri Lankan countryside. Back to the Rest House after the nature trail. In the evening you will be able to have a dip in the famed Belihuloya River before the dinner. Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay at Belihuloya Rest House.
Day 7: Belihuloya – Hulang Ella Waterfall
After having breakfast at Belihuloya Rest House, we will be transferre to Kinchigune village from you will start the day’s spell of Kinchigune - Hulang Ella Falls Trekking trail. Your lunch will be arragnged at Kumbalgama Village. During this trekking trail, Trekkers are expected to carry their own necessities in a comfortable backpack so that the campers and guides are able to carry tents/provisions etc. This is camping/trekking on a very participatory basis!
Beyond the Kumbalgama Village temple, the trail goes through a very small village into a completely uninhabited area, characterised by intermittent patches of forest and savanna, eventually leading to the Walawe River. The river marks the 8km point of the trail, but to continue on we cross it at 'Mulgammankada' and hike through the Riverine Forest, alongside and down the river. During the next part of the trail, we will not come across any human habitations, and apart from an occasional small group or two of gem miners, who come to this desolate area and camp out here to mine for gems, one will not meet other humans on the way. After another 2km walk, we come to a beautiful rocky area where there is a waterfall of about 40 ft in height. This waterfall is called 'Hulan Ella' or the 'Walawe Ganga Falls (West)'. The beautiful, serene, and ever-changing forest next to the river and waterfall is home to an abundance of varying flora and fauna. The fauna in this area consists of the occasional elephant, sambhur Deer, Indian Muntjak, flying and giant Squirrels, many birds (Changeable Hawk Eagle, Brown Fish Owl, Stork Billed kingfisher, Gray Hornbill etc.), Lizards (3 endemic), Geckos, Skinks, Snakes, Amphibians, Snails, Butterflies and Fishes.
Dinner and overnight stay at Camp at Hulan Ella. N.B. This will be camping on a 'participatory basis' where trekkers will assist our staff in the setting up of the camp and cooking.
Day 8: Hulan Ella - Duwili Ella Falls - Belihuloya
After breakfast we will break camp and continue through the forest, passing a place where the river divides into three and flows down as three streams for about 300 metres before rejoining. Always remaining in the cool shade of the Riverine Forest, we will reach our final destination in time for lunch. At the end of 10km walk from 'Hulan Ella' we come to the 'pièce de resistance' - the majestic, breathtaking and awesome ' Duwili Ella Falls '. This waterfall is also called the 'Walawe Ganga Falls (East)'. It plunges a dramatic 80 ft from a level rocky ground into a large deep pool at the base. The falling of the water creates a cloud of spray, resembling a cloud of dust (hence the name 'Duwili Ella' - in Sinhalese, 'Duwili' means 'dust' and 'Ella' is 'waterfall').
Lunch at the Duwili Ella Falls .After lunch there is a short climb up some steps where you will be met by your vehicle. Drive to Belihuloya Rest House for Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9: Belihuloya – Horton Plains – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast start we walk along the A4; Colombo – Badulla road till you reach Kalupahana junction which leads to Udaweriya estate via Bambarakanda Waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. The trail is called Devil’s Staircase or Satan’s Steps because of its formation. Walking through tea estates and the workers’ quarters will bring to different experience you feel so far. This is a bit hard trek about 20 km & it takes approximately 6 hours to reach Udaweriya junction.
Upon reaching at Udaweriya Junction, your vehicle will take you to Horton Plains National Park enrance where you can have a short break before you start the second spell of your day’s trek.
After a short break we will start trekking in to the jungle & trekking towards World’s End (approx. 5 km in 2 hrs). Once reach the world’s End; enjoy the panoramic view of steep drop you can see the trail that you trek along to reach world’s end. Now you are in Horton Plains National Park which lies in the highest altitude in Sri Lanka. Then start to trek towards the main entrance of Horton Plain National Park via Bakers Falls. This is a soft trek on a flat land & you can see lot of birds & some other animals.
Upon reaching the park entrance you will take you to the vehicle & transferred to Nuwara Eliya. Dinner & overnight stay at Avian Breeze in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 10: Nuwara Eliya – Ella (Train transfer)
Today is a special day of your holiday. After breakfast at Avian Breeze, you will be taken to Nanuoya Railway Station from where you will be transferred in a local train to Ella. You will have an opportunity to move with local people while you are on your train journey. You will be off the train from Ella Railway station from where you will be transferred to Ella Jungle Resort for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 11: Ella – Warakara Trail
We will leave for a short trail called Warakara Trail after the breakfast. This is a short trek of approximately 2 – 3 km in total. The trail starts from the premises itself along the paddy fields and vegetable plots. Walking by our High Rope adventure setting, you will feel that the site is an ideal location for meditation. The chirps of the birds & the sound of the water stream will provide the music for your soul. The adventure rating of the trail is moderate to hard, where in some places you will have to use your best skills. Having an al fresco bath in a natural rock pool will add more flavor to your trekking experience, while canyoning will make your trek an adventurous one. Once you go up, we will turn back from the place where the distribution canal starts. We will return along the distribution canal which you can see a fascinating landscape including a waterfall called Polgasamuna Waterfall. Back to the resort for Lunch. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Ella Jungle Resort.
Day 12: Ella – Udawalawe - Galle
Today’s highlight is the Udawalawe National Park which is famous for large herds of Asian Elephant which can be seen throughout the year. The park is a mixture of abundant Teak plantations, grasslands, scrub jungle and riverine ‘gallary forest’ along the Walawe River and Mau Ara. Many elephants are attracted to the park because of the Udawalawe reservoir, with a herd of about 400 believed to be permanently resident. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants. We will start our day’s journey after the breakfast at Ella Adventure Park. We will do a Safari Drive in the National Park and proceed to Galle which is a beach resort in the southern part of the country. Check in at Unawatuna Beach Resort for Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13: Galle - Colombo
Leave for Colombo after breakfast. Check in at your hotel in Colombo and refresh yourselves. In the evening you will do a shopping tour in the Colombo city. Colombo even a commercial city, the needs of the leisure travellers can be fulfilled with the range of activities available in the city. Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels, restaurants, Karaoke Bars, Casinos, nightclubs and other entertainment facilities available within the city limits. You will be able to have your dinner at a restaurant in Colombo. Back to the hotel and get prepared to your departure on the following day. Overnight stay at Galadari Hotel.
Day 14: : Colombo - Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for the Airport for fly back to your home or the next destination.